Mon 7 Apr 2008
Complaints that the industrialists dominate the EU advisor groups
Berliner Umschau April 3, 2008: "Hundreds of representatives of business and interested private persons are writing Germany´s laws. This is - putting it to extremes - the result of an investigation by the German Court of Auditors!"
ALTER EU / BRUSSELS 25.03.2008 - An alliance of environment groups, trade unions and academics has accused the European Commission of relying too heavily on business and industry lobbyists when drawing up EU legislation.
The transparency group Alter-EU, made up of 160 organisations, said the commission - which of the EU institutions has the sole power to initiate European laws - has over-filled its advisory expert groups with industry lobbyists. Alter-EU says some of the commission's most controversial advisory groups such as those on biotechnology, clean coal and car emissions are among those controlled by industry.
The report found that industry representatives made up more than half of the membership of a quarter of the groups surveyed while 32% percent had members representing a "wide range of interests." The remainder of the 44 groups surveyed were considered "unbalanced."
These groups should act in the public interest, but it appears that some are being allowed to further their own commercial interests."
The report says that while the commission in 2005 started an online register of the groups, it does not list who is in them while "several academics, lobbyists and even EU officials have estimated a much higher figure" than the around 1,350 listed groups.
Last year the commission set out plans for a voluntary register for lobbyists, with estimates suggesting there are about 15,000 in Brussels. Some say 50.000.
For its part the commission said that only around 20 percent of experts represent industry.
For the time being they are submitted to no ethical rules - although such are in elaboration - overdue considering the
Jack Abramoff affair in the US: Jack Abramoff, the once-powerful lobbyist at the center of a wide-ranging public corruption investigation, pleaded guilty in Jan. 2006 to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to provide evidence about members of Congress.
The plea deal could have enormous legal and political consequences for the lawmakers on whom Abramoff lavished luxury trips, skybox fundraisers, campaign contributions, jobs for their spouses, and meals at Signatures, the lobbyist's upscale restaurant
There is hardly reason to think the Eurocrats have higher moral standards than their US colleagues!
The European Parliament, whose powers to influence legislation are set to grow substantially next year under the proposed EU treaty, is also looking into establishing a voluntary register.
Both institutions have come under criticism for not automatically opting for a mandatory register.
But of course ALTER is no angel itself: It participates eagerly in the the lucrative EU Climate hoax by giving a “Worst Lobby Award” . This year the “disgraceful” winners were : “BMW, Daimler and Porsche. They are the worst among the car industry lobbyists,” explains Erik Wesselius from Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO). “When the Commission proposed compulsory CO2 targets, the car companies reacted immediately with a lobby campaign full of misinformation and scaremongering. Decision-makers were manipulated with grossly exaggerated threats of factory closures and job losses.
And : The German Atomic Forum took advantage of the public’s concern about climate change to promote nuclear energy,” says Ulrich Mueller from LobbyControl. “The one-sided ads use idyllic pictures of nature to gain public acceptance of longer lifespans for old nuclear power plants, ignoring the associated risks.”
Now, whom do all these lobbyists represent? What is the purpose of their lobbying? Money and power! Do eurocrats profit from lobbyism?
The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT)
ERT is a nearly unknown, informal forum bringing together around 45 chief executives and chairmen of major multinational companies of European parentage, covering a wide range of industry and technology sectors. Companies of ERT Members are situated in 18 European countries and have a combined turnover of around €1,600 billion, employing around 4.5 million people.
ERT members meet twice a year at plenary sessions. Decisions are taken by consensus.
The Secretary General is in charge of a small Secretariat based in Brussels, which coordinates projects, acts as a contact point, provides administrative support and publishes the ERT reports
Recent Key messages
can be seen here
A comparison of the members
of the ERT with the participants of the Bilderberg meetings in this century reveals numerous ERTs as Bilderbergers. Peter Sutherland, Director of BP- intimately intertwined wit the layers of Rockefeller´s Standard Oil - is also a Trilateral Commissioner (TC) and Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (Rothschild partner) as well as former Director General, GATT/WTO and former Member of the European Commission. Other TC´s are: Hans Wijers (NL), Paul Adams (UK), and according to the 2005 TC membership list Paolo Scaroni (I).
Ideology of the European Round Table of Industrialists
"We don't deal with national issues. We only talk about the overall questions."
Jorma Ollila, Chairman of the European Ruound Table of Industrialists, Bilderberger, Chairman of Nokia and the Royal Dutch Shell, which cooperates closely with Rothschild ,and where Bilderberger cofounder Prince Bernhard´s daughter, Bilderberger herself, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, owns about 60% of the shares (Andreas von Rétyi, "Bilderberger", Kopp Verlag, Rottenburg, 2006).
It is distinctive in its ability to gain access to major players in the EU, both at national and supra-national level. The ERT's website boasts that:
"At a European level, the ERT has contacts with the European Council, the European Commission, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.
"Every six months the ERT strives to meet the government that has the EU presidency to discuss priorities.
"At national level, each member communicates ERT's views to its own national government and parliament, business colleagues and industrial federations, other opinion-formers and the press."
In short, the ERT's aim is to set the agenda at the highest levels of the EU, most notably the European Commission
The evidence of two decades suggests that it has been extremely successful.
Pehr Gyllenhammar, Volvo's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), in 1983 started campaigning for an overall scheme "to spur growth, and build industry and infrastructure" in Western Europe. Working closely with Fiat's Umberto Agnelli (father of Giovanni, the co-founder of the Club of Rome alongside with Alexander King and David Rockefeller), Philips' Wisse Dekker and the then EEC Industry Commissioner Etienne Davignon, Gyllenhammar drew together a group of leading European CEOs into the ERT with the objective of "relaunching Europe." Gyllenhammar declared "Europe really is doing nothing. (It's time for the business leaders to enter this vacuum and seize the initiative,". Pehr Gyllenhammar was also an advisor to David Rockefeller´s Chase Manhattan Bank (1972 - 1995) as well chairman of Reuters Bureau - this enabling him to decide what we should not know!
By 1993 "Other lobby groups, when questioned about the influence of the ERT, respond[ed] that the ERT is no longer a lobby group, but has become part of the EU apparatus." . There seems a fair amount of evidence over the past two decades to support this assertion.
To Jacques Delors, honorary member of the Club of Rome, the ERT was "one of the main driving forces behind the Single Market."
in January 1985 Wisse Dekker published "Europe 1990: An Agenda for Action", which proposed eliminating trade barriers, harmonising regulations and abolishing fiscal frontiers within the EEC by 1990. Europe 1990 was part of an ERT document Changing Scales, which was sent to EEC heads of state. Three days after Dekker presented his Europe 1990 initiative, the newly appointed Jacques Delors delivered a speech to the European Parliament closely matching Dekker's proposal.
A few months later, Industry Commissioner Lord Cockfield published his White Paper, the basis of the Single European Act, which postponed the ERT's 1990 deadline for internal market completion until 1992. However, the ERT had achieved its main aim.
Claiming that existing infrastructures formed a barrier to unrestricted flows of goods in the single market, the ERT argued alongside the Commission for the adoption of TENs, the largest infrastructure plan in history. TENs includes the Channel Tunnel, numerous airport expansions and 12,000 kilometres of new motorways. Through an intensive lobbying campaign, which specifically targeted national transport ministers, the ERT helped put TENs squarely on the EU's agenda, culminating in the inclusion of TENs in the Maastricht Treaty.
The Maastricht Treaty: The ERT was very active during the 1990- Intergovernmental Negotiations for the Maastricht Treaty, meeting regularly with Commissioners and national policy makers.
As early as 1985 the ERT had argued that the internal market could only be completed by introducing a single currency.
The timetable for EMU implementation in the ERT's 1991 Reshaping Europe report is very similar to that contained in the Maastricht Treaty.
In 1995, the ERT "wrote a formal letter to all heads of government saying 'When you meet at the Madrid Summit, will you please decide once and for all that monetary union
will start on the day agreed at Maastricht and with the criteria agreed at Maastricht.
' We wrote to them, we asked them to do that. And they did it. They put out an announcement in Madrid and said exactly that: 'We will do it.' "
On June 23rd 2003, the ERT held a 20th Anniversary Reception at the Palais d'Egmont in Brussels, with Romano Prodi as guest of honour. In a speech there, ERT Chairman Gerhard Cromme declared that the ERT "is proud of having being at the forefront of advocating these reforms [single market, EMU and EU enlargement] and of what the Union has achieved. Nevertheless, much remains still to be done..."
ERT warns the EU against making European industry incompetitive by imposing costs for combating CO2- emission on industry. Instead they plead for being allowed to pass the bill on to consumers . However, in order not to remove capital for buyning from the consumers, the latter should the CO2-duty money back through the tax system.
There also exists an EU-Russian Industrialists´ Round Table headed by EU Commissioner Verheugen and Russian Victor Khristenko, Minister of Industry and Energy :
Of course this organisation is of interest to the ERT:” ERT member companies together account for a level of foreign direct investment in Russia in excess of €32 billion and around 150,000 employees. As a result, ERT takes an active interest in fostering the EU-Russian economic relationship and firmly believes that substantial benefits can be gained from working more closely together towards the achievement of shared goals”.
Comment: The EU is in the pockets of the financial ruleres of the world. For reasons of profit they want the world state of the New World Order. That is their religion and their way to power. Their means is money for thankful, unscrupulous euro-receivers.
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